In October 2018, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published a special report on Global Warming of 1.5˚C, which is predicted by 2030-2052 which is predicted by 2030-2052. This warming will cause sea level rise, drought, and other effects that will have impacts on people worldwide. The effects will be even more severe if there is global warming of 2˚C. There is an urgent need to curb anthropogenic emissions that cause long-lasting effects on the earth’s climate system.

Local faith communities are already heavily impacted by climate change. They are also increasingly involved in the action on climate change, bringing religious motivations to understandings of stewardship and care for our planet. Faith-based NGOs are working to mitigate climate change, help climate change adaptation in communities, and mobilize and faith communities towards advocacy for change, as well as implementing climate-sensitive ways of operating in their humanitarian and development operations. Yet much remains to be done in the humanitarian and development fields where climate is frequently acknowledged as one of the most pressing issues of our time but little has changed from the status quo.

JLI is an international collaboration committed to convening academics, practitioners, and policymakers to examine the research and evidence on the role of religion in humanitarian and development aid. In the past year, many members have asked us to consider topics such as climate change, climate justice, the environment, and ecology as future interests for a possible Learning Hub.

We recognize that there is already a lot of work and research in the area of faith and climate. We will focus on the specific intersections of climate, faith-based international humanitarian and development work, and a focus on research and evidence.

Webinar Series

In order to gauge interest among our wider membership and start the process of considering what research already exists in this area, we convened a webinar series on faith and climate. The webinar series focused on practice, policy, and academia.

For a summary of the four-part webinar series, view here

  1. Tues, April 23: Faith-based climate programs and practice examples. View Webinar
  2. Tues, May 21: Interfaith Initiatives. View Webinar
  3. Tues, June 18: Applied Academic Research. View Webinar
  4. Tues, July 23: Advocacy Work. View Webinar

Climate Links


Climate Resources

This list will be continually updated as resources are collected from relevant organizations:


Islam and International Development – Insights for working with Muslim communities
Published: 2020Author:Ajaz Ahmed Khan and Affan Cheema
Faith For Earth – A Call for Action
Published: 2020Author:UN environment programme, Parliament of the World's Religions
Climate Justice with and for Children and Youth in Churches – Get Informed, Get Inspired, Take Action
Published: 2020Author:Frederique Seidel
Science, Faith and the Climate Crisis
Published: 2020Author:Sally Myers, Sarah Hemstock, and Edward Hanna
Resource Guide on Rainforest Protection for Religious Communities
Published: 2020Author:
Responsible Stewardship of God’s Creation
Published: 2020Author:Ken Gnanakan
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Role of Cultural and Religious Factors in the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development
Published: 2019Author:
Faith for Earth Dialogue Environment Assembly Synthesis Paper
Published: 2019Author:
Creation Care and Loving our Neighbors: Studies in Environmental Ethics
Published: 2019Author:Thomas Schirrmacher, Thomas K. Johnson
Kairos for Creation – confessing hope for the earth
Published: 2019Author:
Faith in a Changing Climate
Published: 2019Author:
JLI Climate Webinar Series: Summary
Published: 2019Author:
Anglican Consultative Council and Climate
Published: 2019Author:
Live Justly – Global Edition
Published: 2019Author:Jason Fileta
MOVEMENT BUILDING GUIDE – Mobilising ordinary people as agents for widespread change
Published: 2019Author:Mari Williams and Hannington Muyenje
Tearfund Advocacy Toolkit – Second Edition
Published: 2019Author:Joanna Watson
Climate Champions – Islamic Relief’s Global Climate Action
Published: 2019Author:
Climate Change Policy
Published: 2019Author:
The Wuppertal Call – Kairos for Creation – Confessing Hope for the Earth
Published: 2019Author:Wuppertal Conference on Eco-Theology and the Ethics of Sustainability
Roadmap for Congregations, Communities, and Churches for an Economy of Life and Ecological Justice
Published: 2019Author:
Introduction to Climate Resilience Curriculum Syllabus
Published: 2018Author:
Climate Resilience Participatory Learning & Action Tools
Published: 2019Author:
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Published: 2019Author:The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale
Published: 2017Author:ACT Alliance
Study-Limiting Global  Warming to 1.5°C-The Climate Risks and Irreversible Losses We Must Avoid
Published: 2018Author:ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, The Lutheran World Foundation
Non-Economic Loss And Damage
Published: 2017Author:ACT Alliance, World Council of Churches, The Lutheran World Foundation
ACT Alliance EU Position Paper – Food Security and Climate Change
Published: 2017Author:Julia Jawtusch (Bread for all), Eike Zaumseil (Bread for the World), Karin Ulmer (ACT Alliance EU)
Climate Change Advocacy Framework Position (2016 – 2018)
Published: 2017Author:
Analysis: The Paris Climate Agreement – Towards a climate-friendly future
Published: 2016Author:
Towards the Ambitious Implementation of the Paris Agreement – A Toolkit for National Level Advocacy
Published: 2018Author:
Faith for Earth Foresight Brief
Published: 2018Author:Iyad Abumoghli
Faith & Climate Change: A guide to talking with the five major faiths
Published: 2016Author:George Marshall, Director of Projects, Climate Outreach and GreenFaith
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Published: 2000Author:UNEP
Faith for Earth Dialogue – United Nations Environment Assembly 4 -Synthesis Paper
Published: 2019Author:UNEP
Fatwa-The Indonesian Council of Ulama – Protection of Endangered Species to Maintain the Balances Ecosystems
Published: 2014Author:Center for Islamic Studies, National University (UNAS) in Jakarta
Rise to Shine – The role of Indian religious institutions in closing the energy access gap
Published: 2019Author:The Bhumi Project
The BIG BAD FIX – The Case Against Climate Geoengineering
Published: 2018Author:ETC Group, Biofuelwatch, Heinrich Böll Foundation
Climate Change Policy
Published: 2019Author:Islamic Relief
Faith & Climate Change – A guide to talking with the five major faiths
Published: 2016Author:George Marshall, Director of Projects, Climate Outreach
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Published: 2018Author:United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Annotated Bibliography on Religion and Development
Published: 2018Author:Birgitte Bronsted Lodahl, Edited by Mayada Magdi Mohamedani
Enhanced Climate Action  in Response to 1.5°C of Global Warming, Scaling Up Nationally Determined Contributions
Published: 2018Author:
Compilation of Case Studies- Strategic Learning Exchange Amman, Jordan 2018
Published: 2018Author:
Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire
Published: 2017Author:
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Published: 2017Author:Associate Professor Bernard C.G. Kamanga
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Responding to Mexico’s Water Crisis
Published: 2017Author:American Jewish World Service
Inter-Sectoral Response to Drought in Southern and Eastern Africa
Published: 2017Author:ADRA International
Religion and Sustainable Development issue
Published: 2016Author:Jill Olivier